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Whose Science? Whose Knowledge? Thinking From Women's Lives

Harding, Sandra

 Part I, entitled Science, "focuses on issues of special interest to natural scientists and researchers working in the social studies of the natural sciences. It raises some new critical issues about the sciences and is designed to make the later discussions of these topics more accessible to readers who are new to feminist critiques of science and epistemology. Part II, Epistemology, pursues some of the issues that the "standpoint theories" of knowledge raise about traditional epistemologies, critically examines the assumptions and logical consequences of the theories, and compares this kind of epistemology with postmodern theories of knowledge. Part III, Others, pursues the logic of taking standpoint epistemologies as a directive to begin ... thinking from the standpoint of the lives of groups that have not been central to Western feminist discussions of science and epistemology (let alone to the dominant discourses). She then reconsiders the relationship between experience and knowledge and asks what the liberatory movements can do to hasten the birthing of new agents of history and knowledge. The concluding chapter argues that within the transformed logics of feminism and of science ... it makes sense to think that distinctively feminist sciences have already appeared" (pp. x-xi).
Publisher Information:Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1991. 320p. Index: 313-319
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